Edwige Ouaknine of Lev, France, earned the 2012 Label A. Katz Young Leadership Award, named for the youngest person to achieve the office of international president of B’nai B’rith. Ouaknine received her award at B’nai B’rith’s 2012 policy conference on Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C.
The award goes to individuals under 45 who have demonstrated outstanding service to the totality of B’nai B’rith and have worked to achieve the goals of the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership program.
The honor has proven a good measure of future achievement in B’nai B’rith, as many presidents and top organizational leaders have won the Label A. Katz award.
Ouaknine has been involved in B’nai B’rith since 1996 when she joined the youth lodge of B’nai B’rith in Nice, France. During her 14 years with the youth lodge, she was involved in the cultural, social and political departments. From 2007 to 2009 Ouaknine served as president of the Nice Lodge, organizing conferences and roundtable debates around cultural, economic and political topics for both Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Ouaknine also actively raised funds through dinner parties and theater performances.
After her time as Nice Lodge president, Ouaknine was appointed national president of the Youth Coordination Body of B’nai B’rith France in 2010 and still serves in that capacity. The same year, she became the co-chairwoman of the B’nai B’rith Europe Young Adult Forum in Zurich.
Ouaknine was recently appointed to the Marinette Artman Lodge Expansion Committee. The lodge is located in Boulogne, a suburb of Paris. She will be responsible for developing new, young members through a wide variety of activities.
In addition to her work with B’nai B’rith, in 2010 she was selected to be one of several candidates to represent France at the Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders, organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Other winners of the 2012 Label A. Katz award are: Ralph Attie of Panama City, Panama; Rebecca Saltzman of Denver; Jorge Silberberg of Montevideo, Uruguay; Stephen Stern of Annapolis, Md.; and Eduardo Weinstein of Santiago, Chile.
Watch Edwige Ouaknine Speak at the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards Program